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What is anti-Semitism today, two generations after the Holocaust? In his continuing exploration of modern Israeli life, director Yoav Shamir travels the world in search of the most modern manifestations of the “oldest hatred”, and comes up with some startling answers. Only by understanding their response to anti-Semitism can we really appreciate how Jews today, and especially modern Israelis, respond to the world around them.


  • Screen Daily Berlin
    “Defamation's humorous tone, wide range of colourful locations, thorough roster of interviewees and relatively rapid pacing will appeal to festival and TV audiences, as well as perhaps some specialised theatres in international urban centres.”
    Howard Feinstein
  • “An incredibly bold and brave film”
    Michael Moore
  • Heeb Magazine
    “Shamir is not just some Jewish Michael Moore firing off conspiracy theories that anti-Semitism is one giant myth fostered by leaders like Foxman to perpetuate their own power—his point is much more nuanced and prickly. Defamation is a chilling, psychological portrait of a people who are unwittingly traumatized by the past in ways that they are not aware.”
    Joshua Neuman
  • Video Librarian
    "This provocative and controversial film is sure to spark debate... Recommended."

Festival Participation

  • Berlin International Film Festival - 2009
  • Tribeca Film Festival
    Special Mention
  • Documenta Madrid
    Audience Award
  • European Academy Awards
    Nominated for Best Documentary
  • Asia Pacific Screen Awards
    Nominated for Best Documentary
  • Rencontres Internationales Du Domcumentaire de Montreal
    Camera At the Ready Award
  • Cinema du Reel
  • DOK Munich
  • Doc Aviv
    Best Research Award
  • Hot docs
  • Silverdocs
  • London International Film Festival
  • Warsaw International Film Festival
    Audience Award
  • Festival dei Popoli
    Best Film
  • Traverse City Film Festival
    The Stanley Kubrick Award for Bold and Innovative Filmmaking

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